Editor’s Note: This post is a lot woo-woo, so may I request that you be open to the possibility while reading it?
I recently read “Partnering with Spirit, Homer’s Journey,” by Ellie Drew, a medium based in Tucson.
Yes, that kind of medium — a person who talks to dead people. The book is non-fiction and about her encounter with Homer, a man in the spirit world, whom she did not know. He reached out to her because he wanted to pass on big lessons from the other side. Homer was a real person. Ellie writes about meeting with his wife, Marge, who is still alive.
The book is about what Homer wants us, the living, to know. Ellie has dictated her conversations with Homer in the book.
His lessons about what we need to know while we are alive are eye-opening. But Chapter 6 really spoke to the organizer in me. It was about how to let go of your fear, which a lot of us have during these interesting times. Heck, I was having panic attacks before the election.
In short, the only way to be less afraid is to live simply — with less stuff, with fewer things to do. Stop running around, checking off your to-do list. Stop having your kids run around and check off their to-do list. That creates more anxiety.
“Today, I want to talk about fear,” Ellie writes Homer told her. “I have been talking with a man here (on the other side) who researches the effects of fear. It is a terribly debilitating disease of the spirit. It closes one off from the spirit, their own spirit, so Inner Conversation cannot be done.”
Homer says most of us — the living — lack the ability to go within and listen to ourselves because we live in fear.
“Life lived in fullness must have this skill, or more than 99% of life is missing there,” Homer says.
In other words, fear closes down our ability to be our truest self. And if we can’t be our truest self, then we cannot be truly alive.
“When people are afraid, they can’t be free with their light/tones,” he says. “Societies and cultures have created such unrealistic expectations that people live in the fear of never living up to those expectations.”
The lesson, Homer says, is to “cultivate simplicity.”
“That doesn’t mean not to have means to live by, but to live more simply,” he said. “Truly evaluate what is simple and fulfilled living to what is cultural creation.”
So stop living in fear of not living up to “some illusory expectation of success-beauty-relationship-education-fashion.”
Now is the time to listen to Homer from the other side. Clear out the clutter. Create down time in your schedule, especially for your kids. Create a simpler life. And let go of the fear.